World Heart Day celebrated at Northdale

2017-10-04 06:01
PHOTO: Makhosandile zuluThe sponsors of the project, which saw CCGs use cellphones to conduuct their field work, are (back, from left), Dilmar Abdulaev (researcher), Andy Bushell (Novartis, founder of CDFi) and Stephen Herold (IBM Digital experience and design lead) with (front, left) Ilona Smart (project leader at CDFi SA), Mbuyiselo Goduka (chief director for IT at the KZN Department of Health), Lisa Lilienthal (Global Project executive director), Charlotte Newton (IBM, founder of CDFI), Godwill Bancole (partnership finance manager), Sindi Mthethwa (chief director for non-communicable diseases at the KZN Department of Health).

PHOTO: Makhosandile zuluThe sponsors of the project, which saw CCGs use cellphones to conduuct their field work, are (back, from left), Dilmar Abdulaev (researcher), Andy Bushell (Novartis, founder of CDFi) and Stephen Herold (IBM Digital experience and design lead) with (front, left) Ilona Smart (project leader at CDFi SA), Mbuyiselo Goduka (chief director for IT at the KZN Department of Health), Lisa Lilienthal (Global Project executive director), Charlotte Newton (IBM, founder of CDFI), Godwill Bancole (partnership finance manager), Sindi Mthethwa (chief director for non-communicable diseases at the KZN Department of Health).

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WORLD Heart Day was celebrated at Northdale Clinic on September 28.

uMgungundlovu Health District communications manager Thobile Hadebe said that due to heart attacks and heart-related conditions, mainly caused by leading an unhealthy lifestyle, World Heart Day is significant because it raises awareness about heart-health issues.

Attendants on the day were informed of the dangers of heart illnesses and that regular exercise and healthy eating habits are recommended to combat the disease.

Community Care Givers (CCG), Department of Health representatives and representatives from IBM, Novartis, Vodacom and the Chronic Disease Foundation spoke about how a project, used by CCG, assisted in making the community smarter.

“Community Care Givers conduct door-to-door household visits on a daily basis, especially in rural areas, rendering health-care service and liaising with the Department of Health in ensuring that the households that have been identified as needing health assistance, acquire the required services.

“Their existence has been helpful in addressing issues
surrounding chronic illnesses, people who default on treatment and the like.

“With the collaboration of these organisations, the CCGs were given cellphones to use when conducting health education and gathering information at households,” Hadebe said.

She said the project, which has been in operation for 18 months, was piloted at three
clinics in uMgungundlovu — Northdale Clinic, East Boom
Clinic and Khan Road Clinic.

The CCGs said the project
assisted them in making their job easier because instead of carrying books they use cellphones and it is easier to find a person’s health records when stored on the phones.

“The cellphones even track which household a CCG is visiting at a specific time and have health-related educational information. It is hoped the project will continue after discussions with the sponsors,” Hadebe said.

Community Care Givers conduct door-
to-door household visits on a daily basis, especially in rural areas.

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